2022 Connecticut Hunting and Trapping Guide


Public and Permit-Required Hunting Areas


Access to Permit-Required Hunting Areas is regulated by agreement with private landowners, towns, state agencies, water companies, universities, non-profits, and cooperating sportsmen’s clubs. Most Permit-Required Hunting Areas are open to the public from the third Saturday in October through the last day of February for small game and waterfowl hunting by special permit and are subject to certain restrictions. Hunting during any other period requires landowner permission unless specifically noted as open. Access to some DEEP-owned lands is also regulated through a permit system. Maps describing each Permit-Required Area are available on the CT Interactive Hunting Area Map. Permit-Required Hunting Areas are posted with yellow plastic signs designating the properties under agreement. Note: Some areas are only accessible with a permit issued directly from the entity that owns or manages the property.

Online Issuance of Daily Permits: Daily permits for most Permit-Required Hunting Areas can be obtained for free online. These permits are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Only one online permit can be obtained per selected hunting date. To see which areas have online permitting, consult the List of Permit-Required Areas or the CT Interactive Hunting Area Map.

To get a daily permit for most areas, you must log into your hunter profile on the Online Outdoor Licensing System. Once there, you will need to select the OTHER or the BIRDS AND WATERFOWL tab at the top of the page. You should then see a list that includes DAILY PERMITS. If you select ADD, you will see several days worth of permits, along with a list of areas where permits are still available. You can add one permit per day to your cart. You must CHECK OUT to add the daily permit to your license. There is no fee, but you will need to reprint your license and carry it with you to verify that you have a permit for the correct location and date. Instructions for Online Purchases

Firearms Restrictions - Rifles of any caliber or shotgun ammunition larger or heavier than #2 shot and hunting with any pistol or revolver of any caliber are prohibited on permit-required hunting areas, except by landowners, lineal descendants, and regular employees. Waterfowlers hunting from a boat, blind, or stationary position may use up to and including BB size steel shot.

 

CT Interactive Hunting Area Map

Public Hunting Area List (From 2022 printed guide. Includes information on type of hunting permitted, town, acreage, and any special conditions.)

 

Saturday Pheasant and Small Game Hunting Permits

Saturday permits are required of any hunter wishing to hunt small game or pheasants on Saturdays between October 15 - November 12, 2022, at the select areas listed below. Permits are available for three hunting periods: 8:00 AM-10:00 AM, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM, and 1:00 PM-3:00 PM. These areas will be stocked on Saturday morning and prior to each hunting group. Hunters will only be able to make a total of three reservations for the Saturday permits and cancellations cannot be made. All hunters should check-in with the staff on site upon arrival. Hunters who secure a permit may bring along one junior hunter. The junior hunter does not need a separate permit if they accompany a Saturday permit holder. Permit holders who do not bring a junior hunter as a guest, cannot bring an adult guest, this option is for juniors only.

Hunters without permits may hunt these areas after 3:30 PM.

Saturday permits for these areas will only become available on the Online Outdoor Licensing System the Monday preceding the Saturday hunts, starting at 7:00 AM.Specific details about these permits and pheasant hunting in general can be found on the Pheasant Hunting webpage.

  • NU-Skiff Mountain Coop. Area     
  • Naugatuck State Forest (Hunter's Mtn. Block)     
  • Simsbury WMA
  • Durham Meadows WMA

 

Permit-Required Areas: State-owned, State-leased, and State-managed Lands

Online permits ONLY (except for Yale-Myers Forest). Permits are available through the Online Outdoor Licensing System. All permits launch at 7:00 AM.
Western Connecticut

Bristol Fish and Game Association (1,397 acres)
Open from the third Saturday in October until the Saturday after Thanksgiving Day for pheasant hunting ONLY

Centennial Watershed State Forest, Garder Rd., Monroe Block (93 acres)
Small Game and Waterfowl Only

Meriden Rod and Gun Club (1,364 acres)

NU-Skiff Mountain Cooperative WMA (732 acres)

Pequonnock Valley (162 acres)
Hunting on Mon., Wed., Fri., and Sat. only from Oct. 15, 2022, through the third Saturday in December.

Sessions Woods WMA (771 acres)
Waterfowl blind closed for repairs. Fall archery deer and turkey and spring and fall firearms turkey hunting allowed with a daily permit. Sessions Woods is open to junior hunters participating in the Spring Junior Hunter Training Days on April 16-23, 2022, (excluding Sunday). Firearms hunting is permitted in the northern section only. View the Sessions Woods hunting area map for more information. Permits are available on Connecticut's Outdoor Licensing System.

Seymour Fish and Game Club (91 acres)

Stanley Works Cooperative WMA (1,464 acres)

Suffield Sportsmen’s Association (240 acres)

Trout Brook Valley (300 acres)
Daily permits are issued for all hunting seasons except State Land Shotgun deer season. Prior to each season, call 860-424-3011 to obtain the combination code for the access gate. The area is open to junior hunters participating in the Spring Junior Hunter Training Days (April 16-23, excluding Sunday) and the regular spring turkey season (April 27-May 28). Hunter access to this area is by permit only, except during the shotgun deer season when a Deer Lottery Permit is required. Permits are available on Connecticut's Outdoor Licensing System.

Wallingford Town Owned Area (823 acres)
Hunting on Mon., Wed., and Sat. only from Oct. 15, 2022 through Feb. 28, 2023, and Thanksgiving Day.

Eastern Connecticut 

East Windsor-Enfield Area (209 acres)

Hebron Area (94 acres)

Lebanon Coop. Mgmt. Area (212 acres) Goose Field Permits
Goose field permittees may bring up to 2 guests. Permits will be issued after the corn fields are harvested.

Lebanon Coop. Mgmt. Area Marsh Permits
Small Game and Waterfowl Only
Hunters with Marsh Permits should not be in the goose fields unless the goose season is closed. Goose season dates can be found in the CT Migratory Bird Hunting Guide.

Norwich Fish and Game (549 acres) 

Sprague Town Land PR Area (620 acres)
Game bird and migratory bird hunting only. Steel shot must be used for all species. 

Yale-Myers Forest (7,700 acres)
Open for small game, waterfowl, and turkey hunting with a season permit. Parking passes are also required. Season permits to hunt at Yale-Myers Forest will only be issued from January 1 to March 31, 2022. No permits will be issued after this time period. This area is not open for Junior Hunter Training Days. To obtain a season permit, contact Joe Orefice at joseph.orefice@yale.edu or 518-354-3170. Night hunting and harvest of coyotes and foxes are prohibited. Spring wild turkey hunting hours will be 1/2-hour before sunrise until 12:00 noon.

 

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Content last updated on November 22, 2022.